RALEIGH, N.C. — Clemson University men’s basketball used a 14-2 run toward the end of the second half to put themselves in position to win a gritty contest on the road over No. 21/19 NC State, but were ultimately beat at the buzzer on a last-second three-point shot and fell 69-67.
The Tigers (11-8, 1-5 ACC) were led by Marcquise Reed who went on an offensive onslaught – scoring 13 of his game-high 19 points in the second half, including seven in the final five minutes of play.
For the game, Reed turned in the program’s 24th “Triple Leadership” and led the Tigers in points (19), rebounds (8) and assists (2). It’s Reed’s second of this variety in the last two seasons. Reed posted a “Quadruple Leadership” in a season-opening win over The Citadel.
Elijah Thomas was once again a force on the offensive end and finished with 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting. Thanks to Thomas, the Tigers dominated the Wolfpack in the paint – outscoring them 32-4. The senior big man added six boards and a team-high three blocks in the effort.
Clemson returns to the friendly confines of Littlejohn Coliseum for a 9 p.m. tip against Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Jan. 29.